Can I retire at age 40 with 497,000?

Use the below retirement simulation to view the chances of a successful retirement.
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About Your Retirement ?
Current Age
Retirement Age
Current Savings $
Annual Deposits $
Annual Withdrawals $
Stock market crash:
Portfolio ?
% in Stocks:
% in Bonds:
% in Cash:
Modify Stock Returns:
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Modify Bond Returns:
0%
Modify Cash Returns:
0%
Modify Inflation:
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How much money do I need to retire?

This retirement calculator runs simulations based on past data from the S&P 500, 10 Year Treasury Bond, 3 month T-Bill, and US inflation. For each year of each simulation, a random return and inflation amount is chosen.

How to use: Enter your current age and the age when you retire. Then enter your current savings, the amount that you can save annually before you retire, and the amount that you plan to withdraw after retirement. Your annual deposits and withdrawals take inflation into account. For example, if you need $50,000 to live on in retirement using today's dollars, we will automatically take into account the cost of living for your retirement years. The same is true for your annual deposits. Next, decide if you'd like to simulate a stock market crash.

In the portfolio section, choose the makeup of your portfolio with stocks, bonds, and cash. Cash assumes that your money is stored in a savings account. You can then alter the future returns and inflation. For example, if the market has historically returned about 10%, but you think the future will be worse, modify the stock returns by -3%, and the future returns will average out to 7%. Investment fees can also lower stock market returns. Many index funds and ETFs offer extremely low fees and expenses.

Many people receive income in retirement, such as social security, pension plans, part time jobs, annuities, and other benefits. This would allow you to take out smaller distributions every year. Please note that taxes must also be considered, but are not used in this simulation. A 401k, Roth IRA, and Traditional IRA are taxed differently than a standard investment account, as are dividends.

Note: This assumes that the future is at least somewhat like the past. In reality, anything could happen. The Soviet Union collapsed, Japan's Nikkei Index is still well below its 1989 peak. Numerous other markets have changed drastically and never recovered. However, this online tool is helpful in retirement planning and estimating how much you might need for retirement, especially those hoping to retire early. We recommend receiving advice from a financial planner.

Want to retire with $497,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%11.7%
1 years$41,042$40,676$40,320$39,971$39,631$39,349
2 years$20,318$19,939$19,573$19,217$18,872$18,587
3 years$13,411$13,031$12,665$12,313$11,973$11,695
4 years$9,958$9,579$9,217$8,870$8,539$8,269
5 years$7,887$7,510$7,153$6,813$6,492$6,231
6 years$6,506$6,132$5,780$5,449$5,137$4,886
7 years$5,521$5,150$4,803$4,480$4,177$3,936
8 years$4,782$4,415$4,074$3,758$3,466$3,234
9 years$4,207$3,844$3,509$3,201$2,918$2,697
10 years$3,748$3,388$3,059$2,759$2,487$2,275
11 years$3,373$3,016$2,693$2,401$2,139$1,936
12 years$3,060$2,707$2,390$2,106$1,853$1,660
13 years$2,796$2,446$2,135$1,860$1,616$1,432
14 years$2,569$2,224$1,919$1,651$1,417$1,242
15 years$2,373$2,031$1,732$1,472$1,247$1,081
16 years$2,202$1,864$1,571$1,318$1,102$945
17 years$2,051$1,716$1,429$1,184$977$828
18 years$1,917$1,586$1,305$1,067$869$728
19 years$1,797$1,470$1,194$964$775$641
20 years$1,689$1,366$1,096$873$692$565
21 years$1,592$1,272$1,008$793$619$500
22 years$1,503$1,188$929$721$555$442
23 years$1,423$1,111$858$656$498$392
24 years$1,349$1,041$793$599$448$348
25 years$1,281$977$735$547$403$309
26 years$1,219$918$682$500$363$275
27 years$1,161$864$633$458$327$244
28 years$1,108$814$588$419$295$218
29 years$1,058$768$548$384$267$194
30 years$1,012$725$510$353$241$173
31 years$968$686$475$324$218$154
32 years$928$649$444$298$197$137
33 years$890$614$414$274$178$123
34 years$854$582$387$252$161$110
35 years$821$552$362$232$146$98
36 years$789$524$338$214$132$87
37 years$760$498$317$197$120$78
38 years$731$473$297$181$109$70
39 years$705$450$278$167$99$62
40 years$679$428$261$154$90$56
41 years$656$407$244$142$81$50
42 years$633$388$229$131$74$45
43 years$611$370$215$121$67$40
44 years$591$352$202$112$61$36
45 years$571$336$190$103$55$32
46 years$552$321$178$96$50$29
47 years$534$306$167$88$45$26
48 years$517$292$157$82$41$23
49 years$501$279$148$75$37$20
50 years$485$266$139$70$34$18

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 40 starting with $497,000, adding $4,043 every year, while hoping to spend $31,471 every year in retirement. These numbers increase with inflation.
Reality usually performs much different than the expected returns. This uses historical averages, but anything can happen. In general, riskier investments have greater returns on average, but more volatility in the short term.
Age Total: 100% Stocks Total: 100% Bonds Total: 100% Cash Total: 24/47/29 Blend
39$497,000$497,000$497,000$497,000
40$551,864$525,523$517,820$560,016
41$574,670$517,789$501,682$559,552
42$598,746$508,621$483,949$556,145
43$624,191$497,916$464,533$551,840
44$651,108$485,564$443,345$546,583
45$679,614$471,449$420,290$540,319
46$709,833$455,448$395,268$532,991
47$741,902$437,432$368,176$524,541
48$775,972$417,262$338,906$514,908
49$812,207$394,794$307,345$504,029
50$850,786$369,872$273,375$491,842
51$891,906$342,335$236,872$478,280
52$935,781$312,011$197,708$463,278
53$982,648$278,717$155,749$446,767
54$1,032,766$242,261$110,854$428,680
55$1,086,416$202,441$62,876$408,948
56$1,143,911$159,041$11,663$387,500
57$1,205,591$111,834$0$364,268
58$1,271,829$60,583$0$352,486
59$1,343,037$5,032$0$343,497
60$1,419,665$0$0$333,678
61$1,502,207$0$0$351,508
62$1,591,207$0$0$373,604
63$1,687,263$0$0$397,521
64$1,791,029$0$0$423,430
65$1,903,227$0$0$451,521
66$2,024,648$0$0$482,001
67$2,156,164$0$0$515,100
68$2,298,733$0$0$551,069
69$2,453,406$0$0$590,184
70$2,621,343$0$0$632,752
71$2,803,816$0$0$679,105
72$3,002,227$0$0$729,614
73$3,218,118$0$0$784,683
74$3,453,184$0$0$844,761
75$3,709,291$0$0$910,337
76$3,988,493$0$0$981,953
77$4,293,051$0$0$1,060,206
78$4,625,452$0$0$1,145,750
79$4,988,436$0$0$1,239,308
80$5,385,016$0$0$1,341,674
81$5,818,511$0$0$1,453,724
82$6,292,577$0$0$1,576,423
83$6,811,235$0$0$1,710,831
84$7,378,916$0$0$1,858,117
85$8,000,498$0$0$2,019,569
86$8,681,352$0$0$2,196,605
87$9,427,395$0$0$2,390,786
88$10,245,142$0$0$2,603,832
89$11,141,768$0$0$2,837,639
90$12,125,175$0$0$3,094,293
91$13,204,069$0$0$3,376,093
92$14,388,037$0$0$3,685,571
93$15,687,640$0$0$4,025,517
94$17,114,511$0$0$4,399,004
95$18,681,465$0$0$4,809,417
96$20,402,619$0$0$5,260,487
97$22,293,523$0$0$5,756,322
98$24,371,309$0$0$6,301,449
99$26,654,851$0$0$6,900,856
100$29,164,940$0$0$7,560,036